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BLC Week 2 Goal Tracking Sheet

Friday, May 04, 2012

I know, I'm super late in posting this. Meh.

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EVERY WEEK:
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--Eat in calorie range:
----M: SUCCESS!
----T: SUCCESS!
----W: SUCCESS!
----Th: SUCCESS!
----F: Oops
----S: SUCCESS!
----Su: SUCCESS!
--Do at least 100 minutes of fitness for the week, with at least 10 minutes per day:
----M: SUCCESS! 17 minutes
----T: Oops
----W: Oops
----Th: Oops
----F: Oops
----S: Oops
----Su: Oops
-------Total:
--Post in The Garden thread once: Oops
--Post in Five All-Teams threads: Oops
----1: Oops
----2: Oops
----3: Oops
----4: Oops
----5: Oops
--Support someone on the team: Oops
--Weigh-In on time: SUCCESS!

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WEEK 2 CHALLENGES:
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--Post in each daily chat thread:
----MICM: Oops
----TNTT: Oops
----WIAW: Oops
----TOTT: Oops
----FF: Oops
----LCW: Oops
--Eat 5 servings of freggies a day:
----M: SUCCESS!
----T: oops
----W: oops
----Th: oops
----F: oops
----S: Oops
--10 minute exercise streak for the week:
----Oopsed on Tuesday
--Cinco de Mayo meal/snack:
----SUCCESS! (4/30/12)

As of this posting (Thursday night), I've got some serious catching up to do. I wish I had posted this at the beginning of the week, because maybe then I would have been motivated to exercise every day. Now it's too late to get that streak :-(

  
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BERKCHIK 5/7/2012 2:08AM

    Crikey. I just realized this was a CHALLENGE... and you don't have to tick all the checkmarks, just do what you can, right? So, nix my earlier message.
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BERKCHIK 5/5/2012 1:38AM

    OK, ok, I gotta speak. I read your other 5/3 post, and I know you know you don't have to commit to as much as you have, but from the looks of this post, you're taking on a HELL of a lot of check marks. And considering you have a busy life and you're still getting on board with all these changes, maybe it's a little much!?!?

Sure, you CAN meet ALL of these criteria: posts, fitness, support, tracking, challenges, and more, but it requires SO MUCH time/energy to do it all. And all you really need is the bare minimum you can handle without letting it slide much or at all, if possible. Small, consistent check marks of success.

My suggestion: cut some things out! (but not me and my big mouth, please:)
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Holy Mother of Underestimation!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Let me preface this (for those of you who haven't been following my blog) by saying that I have a rewards system in place for completing 30-day, 180-day, and 365-day streaks of my daily goals. You can read more about it here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835259


So we went to a buffet restaurant tonight. Although they list their nutrition info online, I didn't want to figure out what I was going to eat based on that info and then arrive and find that they only had some of the food listed on the site (because there was tons of food listed on the site). I decided to just estimate as I went along. Bad idea. I had 400 calories left to get into my range, or 750 to get to the top of my range. I estimated what I ate to be at 450 calories. I was super proud of myself, too, because I controlled my portions and had a nice mix of healthy foods with not-so-healthy-but-I-can-have-it-in-modera
tion foods. But when I came home, I discovered that I had consumed 803 calories. WHAT?!?!? Seeing that number made me sick to my stomach. I felt like I had made good choices, only to discover that my estimation skills were super lacking and they resulted in overconsumption.

So this brings me to a topic I've been thinking about lately. And the way that I ended up going over my calories--having made what I thought were wise choices--cements my decision to do this. And what is "this", you might ask? I'm going to allow myself a couple of flex days in my goal streaks. Here is how it will work: within a 30-day streak, I'm allowed 1 day of failure to meet my goal without the streak being broken. Within a 180-day streak, I'm allowed 2 days of failure to meet my goal without the streak being broken (that includes the 1 day from the 30-day streak, if it's taken). And within a 365-day streak, I'm allowed 3 days of failure to meet my goal without the streak being broken (again, that 3 days includes any days that were taken during the previous portions of the streak).

This may come across as me being lazy or greedy to get my streaks without the work. The real purpose of it, though, is to help break my perfectionistic tendencies while still pushing to do my best. It's to break the black-and-white, all-or-nothing, dichotomous thinking that goes on in the perfectionist's head. It's to allow for "life"...sometimes life just happens, and despite our best efforts, we are unable to meet our goals for that day. I would be absolutely devastated if today happened and I didn't have flex days built into my program. Because I watched my calories all day and ate right and made the best choices I knew how at the restaurant, I feel that I met my goal in the sense that I did everything right to the best of my ability.

As it is, this will hurt me enough in that I will not earn 3 "flower points" in the BLC as a result of today's failure (and yes, the perfectionist in me was dying to earn a perfect score for the whole challenge), as well as the fact that I'm now 400 more calories away from losing another pound. No sense in kicking myself while I'm down!

So I'm curious: what are everyone's thoughts on the flex days? Do you think it's a great idea? A terrible one? Something in between?

  
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EUEK098 4/29/2012 8:35PM

    I feel like you can have a flex day, as long as you stay within your caloric range

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MERESGED 4/29/2012 6:33PM

    I don't find this to be lazy at all, this seems like a good method to allow yourself treats without punishing your goals.
We all need a 'cheat' every now and then!

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VALKYRIA- 4/27/2012 11:53AM

    Flex days, also known as "cheat days" can fit into a healthy eating plan. Some people intentionally overeat once a week or once a month just to "reset" their hunger hormones -- that is, when you are on a limited calorie diet, you may begin feeling hungrier and hungrier until you have one high day... then the hunger is "reset."

I think that breaking perfectionist tendencies is a great goal, and perhaps you can look at days like this not as "failures" but as "learning experiences"... I think that the streak system is neat, but perhaps allowing more flexibility for the unavoidable bad day is a very, very good idea (perhaps even more than 2 in 180 days). Remember, it's about one step backward, two steps forward... so even days of "failure" do not make you a failure :) Focus on being better than you were, being in your range MOST of the time, instead of all the time, and I think it will be less stressful and more realistic for you.

You are so determined, motivated, and inspiring. Keep up the great work, it's a pleasure to watch you grow!

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SWANATOPIA 4/26/2012 10:30AM

    I enjoy eating at Chinese restaurants and almost always go over my calorie intake. I track the amount I go over and the next day I hop on any exercise machine around me to burn those extra calories I took in as well as my daily goal minutes. The balance works well!

Your doing great!

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DAYTHYME 4/25/2012 10:28PM

    It doesn't sound like you "failed" to me. You sincerely were trying to track your calories, but was put in a situation that made it realistically a challenge. I say just bump up your exercise the next day, when these days come up. I am glad to hear you are working on your perfectionism. I am an "all or nothing thinker" when it comes to weight loss. Instead of anticipation flex days, I just go by the rule "all or I'll fix it tomorrow", lol. If I make a mistake one day, I make an extra effort to correct it the next. Like the teacher giving you a change to redo your missed answers on an exam.

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GEEKYMOUSE 4/25/2012 3:24PM

    Promise me you'll do a duck face every time you "fail". ;)

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CONDA86 4/25/2012 9:20AM

    I think you are taking a great step in that "re-wiring" our brains we were chatting about! I don't think in any way this is you being lazy or greedy. I think this is you realizing that you're human and somedays even with the planning and the best of intentions things will happen. I was thinking of doing something similar to this as well but right now I'm not clear of the "I-feel-comfortable-that-I-won't-bi
nge" phase so I'm holding off until the challenge is over simply because its only been 2 weeks that I've been taking this serious in all aspects.

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STEPH-KNEE 4/25/2012 6:54AM

    I think it's a great idea, because if you have one bad day and you feel the streak is broken, it may make you feel like why bother, I have to start all the way over on my streak and you can have another bad day. I even think you are still being very strict with yourself saying 1 day in 30 and so on. Good for you for keeping yourself on the straight and narrow. :)

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SHONNAOFTHEDEAD 4/25/2012 6:13AM

  As a fellow perfectionist, I struggle with the all or nothing thing too. I've found that a flex day here or there, so long as it's not too crazy, tends to lead to not only a more accomplished feeling but you get there with less guilt. I am constantly the one to stop working out because I missed a couple of days. Having a flex day here or there can not only save your sanity when it comes to accomplishing goals but can also be something to look forward too if you are going through a rough patch. emoticon

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BERKCHIK 4/25/2012 2:15AM

    I think it's a great idea, but food for thought, you may still be perfectionist-ing the flex rules. If your intentions and your effort show up every day, in my estimation, your streak continues. I think setting such a high bar (362 out of 365 days must be perfect) could lead to self-sabotage, lying to oneself, or even self-punishment.

It's possible that even in one single month there were three days that were impossible to predict/plan for perfectly, and yet you did your best even on those days to adhere to your program. So, does that mean you still fail? Can't you make up for it the next day or over the course of the week, by tweaking your calories and/or exercise?

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GEEKYMOUSE 4/25/2012 1:32AM

    I don't think it's a bad idea. Making "flex" days official tricks your inner-perfectionist to allow even small failures. You won't beat yourself up as much and it'll be easier to get back on track. It's not like a cheat day where you're intentionally sabotaging yourself. Crap happens in life. :)

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ASHERAH123 4/25/2012 12:17AM

    I think that it is a great idea. There are times when you can't measure and weigh everything so to put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect all the time will most likely result in giving in to the failure and quitting. In the grand scheme of things the effects of one days eating will not have all that much impact so as long as you limit those days then you should be fine.

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Biggest Loser Challenge: Goal Tracking Sheet

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I totally stole the idea to track the goals in my blog from GEEKYMOUSE!

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EVERY WEEK:
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--Eat in calorie range:
----M: SUCCESS!
----T: Failed due to underestimating at a restaurant :-( :-(
----W: SUCCESS!
----Th: SUCCESS!
----F: SUCCESS!
----S: SUCCESS!
----Su: SUCCESS!
--Do at least 100 minutes of fitness for the week, with at least 10 minutes per day:
----M: SUCCESS! 45 minutes
----T: SUCCESS! 27 minutes
----W: SUCCESS! 10 minutes
----Th: Oops
----F: Oops
----S: Oops yet again :-(
----Su: SUCCESS! 40 minutes
-------Total: 122 minutes
--Post in The Garden thread once: SUCCESS! (4/23/12)
--Post in Five All-Teams threads:
----1: SUCCESS! (4/23/12)
----2: SUCCESS! (4/23/12)
----3: SUCCESS! (4/23/12)
----4: SUCCESS! (4/24/12)
----5: SUCCESS! (4/29/12)
--Support someone on the team: SUCCESS! (4/24/12)
--Weigh-In on time: SUCCESS! (4/28/12)

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WEEK 1 CHALLENGES:
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--Time 1 mile: SUCCESS! (4/22/12)
--Do as many crunches as possible in 1 minute: SUCCESS! (4/22/12)
--Do as many knee pushups as possible in 1 minute: SUCCESS! (4/22/12)
--Measure resting heart rate: SUCCESS! (4/22/12)
--Take before pictures: SUCCESS! (4/22/12)
--Take measurements: SUCCESS! (4/22/12)
--Write letter to myself with goals: SUCCESS! (4/22/12)
--Drink at least 8 cups of water a day:
----M: SUCCESS!
----T: SUCCESS!
----W: SUCCESS!
----Th: SUCCESS!
----F: SUCCESS!
----S: SUCCESS!
----Su: SUCCESS!
--Do at least 10 minutes of exercise a day (kept track of above, under "Every week")

  
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SCIFIREADER 4/24/2012 7:26PM

    I really like this, I think I will steal it also!! emoticon I think this format will help me keep on track better.

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VALKYRIA- 4/24/2012 1:48PM

    This is a great idea for accountability (and i bet it will motivate more of our team members too!) Great job to both of you for coming up with this and doing it!

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GEEKYMOUSE 4/24/2012 12:02PM

    Oh, nice! I should clean up my list a little!! Your format looks better to me. Looks like we're a bunch of perfectionists on the Blue team. ;)

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TEDIEBEAR1 4/24/2012 10:47AM

    Excellent idea! It allows your to see all of your successes even if the scale doesn't show any. I may have to steal it also. emoticon

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CONDA86 4/24/2012 10:07AM

    I saw this and was going to steal it as well!! I made a tracking sheet but I think if I put it out there for others to see it will be more motivation to make sure I complete it!!

I love our team!!!

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HELLO_HURRICANE 4/24/2012 7:19AM

    You're putting in a lot of work. Great job!!!

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To Be Read On June 16, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dearest future Ashleigh,

You've made it! You not only survived the 8-week Biggest Loser Challenge, but you *thrived* during it. Look at you go!

Although it's only been 8 short weeks, the changes are remarkable. At the beginning, you could only do 52 crunches and 22 knee pushups in a minute. Now, you can do at least 60 crunches and 30 knee pushups in a minute! It took you more than 17 minutes to walk/jog a mile (which was a new record even then), but now you can do it in under 16! You completed a 5k back in May in less than an hour, even though at one point you thought you'd be pushing it to get it done in 75 minutes! Your resting heart rate has dropped even more, going beyond the 18 bpm it had already dropped by the time you started this challenge. You've lost inches--everywhere. Your body is changing. *You* are changing.

Your determination, perfectionism, awesome teammates, and competitiveness helped drive you to succeed. So what did you do to have made all these great changes?

Food:
--You drank at least 12 cups of water every day. EVERY day.
--You ate at least 3 servings of fruits and veggies every day. EVERY day.
--You stayed within your calorie range every day, even though it kept decreasing throughout the challenge until it got to 1200-1550.

Fitness:
--You did at least 3 body weight exercises a night and/or did a strength training video off the internet. EVERY night.
--You trained for a 5k 3 days a week. When the 5k was completed, you continued walking a 5k on your own 3 days a week.
--You walked (or walk/jogged) a mile every day that you didn't train for the 5k.
--You met your goal of steps walked every day. EVERY day. It started at 5,500, but kept going up each time you had 7 consecutive successful days.

Motivation:
--You completed all the mini-challenges offered during the Biggest Loser Challenge.
--You cheered on and encouraged your teammates by checking in to the SparkTeam daily and reading their blogs as posted.
--You did all of the above for several reasons. You didn't want to let your team down by having poor results. You didn't want to let *yourself* down by not doing what is necessary to live a healthier life. And, of course, it helped that you have a reward system in place for 30-, 180-, and 365-day streaks of all of the fitness and food goals. You earned several 30-day rewards during the challenge, and are now well on your way to getting 180-day rewards!

Ashleigh, simply put, you are awesome. You were a beautiful person 8 weeks ago, but your beauty is blooming even more now. You radiate with happiness as your body starts to reflect the healthy person you are on the inside. Be proud of yourself. You know what? Even if you stumbled and failed to meet some of your goals as consistently as you wanted, STILL be proud of yourself. You completed the challenge! You didn't give up! You are STILL on the right track to living a healthier life!

I love you, Ashleigh. And that's why you did this challenge. I recognized that you *deserve* to be healthy. Past you is proud of future you. Don't be afraid to shout your successes from the rooftops! You've earned it.

Love,
Past Ashleigh

  
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-THINKPINK- 4/24/2012 11:45PM

    I love it, so motivating! And I love that you added in there that you love yourself. That is truly important. You go girl!!!

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VALKYRIA- 4/24/2012 1:58PM

    This is amazing. You have such a positive attitude and I love your very specific, smart goals. You're a very strong woman! I know you will succeed emoticon

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APONI_KB 4/24/2012 1:14PM

    this is very clever

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TEDIEBEAR1 4/24/2012 10:58AM

    Well done even before June 16th! I bet you will do more crunches and pushups than your goals.

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SBNORMAL 4/23/2012 1:15PM

  Good idea!! I might have to do this.

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CONDA86 4/23/2012 1:14PM

    This is awesome! Didn't it feel great just writing it! I've read mine like 3 times today!! emoticon

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SEXBOBOMB 4/23/2012 12:24PM

    I'm SO stealing this idea!

What a great way to (literally) self-motivate!

Future Sexbobomb, I've got some chatting to do with you...

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GEEKYMOUSE 4/23/2012 11:44AM

    Love the last paragraph! :) Loving yourself started something AMAZING!

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Sparkers, Don't Forget Balance!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Something that a SparkPeople member said to me yesterday clicked in my mind. I don't recall exactly what was said, but what I took from it was that we need to make sure we maintain a balance in our lives. This is something that I've known, and even somewhere in the back of my mind I think I was realizing it's been a problem lately, but it took until yesterday for it to click. This turned out to be perfect timing. See, my schoolwork has suffered considerably because of my pursuit of health (seriously--going into this semester I had a 3.803 GPA, but my grades this semester will be A, B, C, and F!). Today, I had a 10-page paper due that could get me the only A I have a chance to receive this semester. The realization that I needed to restore balance in my life cost me two streaks that I've been working on (exercise and fruit/veggie consumption), a training day for the 5k, time that kind of needed to be spent cooking batch meals, and 6 hours of precious sleep. That's a lot to sacrifice, and I'm definitely not saying I'm going to make a habit of that. But in this particular instance, I did what I needed to do to salvage one of my grades: my paper was completed at 4:00 this morning (and it's a pretty good paper, if I do say so myself).

It is frustrating to have to start 3 streaks over again (not only did I break the 2 streaks mentioned above, but I completely forgot to take my pedometer with me to work and school, so I had no idea how many additional steps I needed to get last night, and with having to research and write my paper, I just counted the day as a wash). Everything in me wants to devote every waking second to this pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. I know that's not sustainable in the long run, though. Yesterday was a hard but important lesson to learn. Time management, something that I only began to master over the past year or so, is something that I will now have to work even harder at, since cooking, exercising, and tracking food/exercise all take time. So it's time for me to take the reins of my life and get organized.

My schedule is a bit wonky for the next couple of weeks as school wraps up, and I think I will have enough free time that I can continue to devote a chunk of it to my health goals. But after the semester is over, I have a lot to do. I'm going to commit, right here and now, to spending time during finals week organizing my time and life so that my summer can go smoothly. Developing better health is definitely important for my future. But getting accepted into graduate school is just as important! It is upsetting that I let my grades slide so badly this semester. But at this point, the only thing I can do is finish the semester strong, and then spend my summer wisely.

  
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GETTINGFIT4HIM 4/19/2012 3:34PM

  I am also working on achieving balance and better time management. It's a challenge but not impossible. Hang in there and best wishes with your school and career plans!

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WHOLEHEARTPAT 4/19/2012 3:25PM

    How much better prepared you will be, by learning this vital lesson now!!!

Blessings, Pat

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WINTERHARTT 4/19/2012 2:54PM

    Sometimes learning to say "no" helps with that balance. Friends, family, co-workers and school buddies all demanding time and sometimes you have to say "no" this time is for my health...or my school work. It's a very hard balance and one that doesn't change...only the demands will change. Getting into routines with exercise is very helpful. I have a day planner that is mapped out to the minute! And I say "no" when something can conflict with times that are are important. I was told by a very special person, "You can't take care of anyone else, unless you learn to take care of yourself first. That isn't being selfish but wise."
emoticon Hang in there! Things will even out eventually and workouts, eating right and healthy habits will eventually become second nature!!

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VALKYRIA- 4/19/2012 2:26PM

    Yessss, this is so important. I am a full time student, and I know exactly what you mean about school suffering due to the pursuit of health. I am attempting to find my own balance while juggling this competition and my workouts.... together, we shall work towards it :) emoticon

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TAMMIEANN76 4/19/2012 1:03PM

    Sounds like you've learned a valuable lesson about balance AND priorities. While health is definitely a priority, you can definitely still make HEALTHIER choices while pursuing your degree!!! Good for you!!! Forward on!

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CONDA86 4/19/2012 12:09PM

    I feel you on the balance friend! This is one of my biggest challenges! Until lately my health/fitness has been the one who takes the backseat. Now I realize everything that goes along with it should be done first. Its hard but the end result will be worth it.

You can do it!

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41SUSAN14 4/19/2012 11:44AM

    Balance is good - and starting a new streak can be an uplifting challenge.

Sometimes "old" streaks start to wear you down and become "shoulds" rather than an exciting option!

Go for it!

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